(Image from Business Week.)
Boy, how would you like to be Dem U.S. House Rep. Charles Rangel these days?
Last July, it was reported here in the New York Times that he had managed to obtain four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem while just about every other resident is allowed no more than one (and Harlem has become a pricey place to live, though Rangel agreed to relinquish one apartment that he used as an office here).
Next, it turns out that interest was waived for Rangel on a loan to purchase a villa at the resort of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic here, though he also failed to report income on the property here, and this tells us that he owes back taxes also.
Oh, and did I note that, as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rangel is in charge of writing the tax code? To be fair, though, Rangel has requested an ethics investigation into all this, as noted here.
And for the cherry on the icing of the proverbial cake, if you will, Rangel’s attorney defending him through all of this is none other than Lanny Davis, noted Fox Noise Democrat and former Hillary Clinton apologist (Davis, for my money, established himself as one of the most annoying human beings on earth during the campaign, continually “moving the goalposts” on behalf of his candidate).
The real reason I’m even mentioning this, though, is because U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Man Tan) has called for Rangel to step down as the investigation proceeds (I’m not defending Rangel, but he should be cut at least the same slack as anyone else under an ethics cloud).
Let’s do a deal, Boehner (pronounced bo-ner); if you get off Rangel’s back on this, I won’t mention how you were bought and paid for by Sallie Mae to the tune of $100,000 during the bad old days of the happily-now-departed 109th Congress, OK? (noted here, and in the course of Boehner’s “duties,” he screwed over college students trying to pay off their loans since $12.7 billion was cut from the student loan program – interest rates were raised to make up the difference, and the ability to consolidate loans for easier payoff with lower rates was no longer allowed).
I would call Boehner’s silence for the time being “a small price to pay,” wouldn’t you?